Tuesday, April 5th, we begin a watercolor class/paint along/studio time at the studio. We will start at 10:00 and end at 3:30, or if needed one can paint until closing at 6:00. The cost is $50 per month per student. A supply list is included below. There is still room for 3-4 painters. Supplies are up to artists. We will study techniques, tricks, tips, watercolor in plein aire, urban sketching, and ??? This will be a calm arty environment in which to paint and share and learn. Looking forward to Tuesdays.
If you are coming, please read the following list. If you are already painting and have supplies, this will give you a flavor of what we will be doing. If you are just beginning, this is a good way to go to begin.
Supply List for beginning watercolorists:
1. Bring a full sheet 22”X 30” high quality watercolor paper (Arches for now) 140 lb. rough cold press (about $6.00) I have some at the studio, or you can buy at one of the art supply stores. You are welcome to try other brands after these first pieces are used in class. We will divide the sheet and paint several paintings.
2. Roll of Painter’s masking tape, the blue kind, 1” . . . cheapest at Walmart)
3. 1 ply board/drawing board . . . suitable to stretch/tape watercolor paper prior to painting. Also bring a block or a folder\d cardboard triangle upon which to rest your watercolor board to paint at about a 30-35 degree angle.
4. Water container . . . large enough to hold a quart of water ideally. Or, a cottage cheese size container (not glass please.)
5. Suggest a visit to Quality Art in Boise for the following: (BUT CHECK TO SEE IF ITEMS ARE STILL ON SALE)
(Simply Simmons makes a decent brush in both these sizes discounted at QA to around $2.50 each. I believe these may be found at some of the other art supply stores as well, but ???
1 inch flat watercolor wash brush (square corners 1 inch wide)
1 # 8 or 10 round brush
1 palette (use what you like, Butcher tray, white plate, plastic or metal palette (get creative . . .see Pinterest for ideas), but don’t spend great amounts of money on this until you know what you want.
Paint/pigments: QA (Quality Art) has Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolor tube paint (21 ml. for about $5-6.00 per tube on sale at 40% off. (Michaels has the same paint at the same price at 40% off one item, so . . . watch for deals/coupons). These are high quality starter pigments.
Bring the basic primary colors and a few extras . . . suggest:
Gamboge/lemon yellow, cad yellow (a nice yellow to make greens)
We can mix about anything using these.
Beginners can us a good old "basic" Prang set to get going, but don’t get any cheaper sets or cheap watercolor tubes. With the cheaper stuff you will be less successful. ( Starting with a Prang you just use the lid or perhaps a white plate for a palette. )
6. #2 pencil
7. Roll of toilet paper or paper towels.
Technology: (i-pads and other hand held computers are amazing tools for artists. Bring your pictures on these, or start collecting pictures and photographs of things you would like to paint.
*** Bring your lunch, or there are restaurants a few steps away, but they seem a bit pricey. There is a mini-fridge for drinks and a microwave. Bring your own drinks, hot or cold.
Those already painting with water media, just bring your gear.